Te Kingitanga. A movement that was born in times of great upheaval. A movement that sought to unify the tribe, and was successful. A movement by the people, for the people that would bring about great hopes and dreams one day to stop the injustice and to end the suffering. We have never criticised the notions of the Kingitanga and noble values that it stands for.
The Maori king. An individual who naturally becomes the focal point of the Kingitanga, that we have continued to argue that the king and his clique has failed miserably to uphold the tenets of which the Kingitanga stands for. The Kingitanga stands for the people as a whole, of which the king should be a part of but he has cloaked himself in a bubble of his own arrogance and distanced himself from the ordinary people by choosing to discard those very people who went without and provided himself and his family with a fortune worth millions.
His own people too, in a sure and steady way, have chosen to discard the king as they do not have belief in him. The king has made a terrible mistake in choosing to involve himself in the grubby world of Tainui’s tribal politics, and the people have refused his orders because they weren’t made with the people in mind, you see, he is being manipulated by certain individuals for their own selfish reasons. Attendance at the Poukai gatherings is at an all time low. Hardly anyone bothers to turn up to the king’s own coronation celebrations in Ngaruawahia anymore. Contrast that with the coronation celebrations of his late mother where thousands upon thousands of well wishers would trek to Turangawaewae every year in the middle of the most miserable Waikato winters.
The king has chosen to surround himself with incompetence, sycophants, crooks and criminals who lack one basic important value. Integrity. The focus is on money, and the power that money brings. The king is choosing to take the advice of integrity-less individuals as they call for the removal of the tribal stand, Te Kauhanganui. Eventually the people will make the decision regarding their own future and their own assets. The king should ready himself for more disappointment. The signs are all there and the future doesn’t bode well for the current king’s desire to take the wealth of the tribe solely for himself.
The king is not a smart man, but he could have been a good man. He would be respected if he was good. Alas, he is neither smart, nor does he hold the interests of the people in his heart. In spite of the destructive nature of the king we have been proud of the generations that so many of our families gave to the Kingitanga. The feeling of belonging to something so great that generation upon generation gave unselfishly towards makes us feel so proud.
What future if any, is left for the Kingitanga? Has the movement become become irrelevant because of the rot from the top? There is a saying by old King Tawhiao, when he foretold that the movement would reach the end of its tenure. And that a certain woman would signify the end of the movement. That woman has passed. Her son has fulfilled the prophesy of Tawhiao to its conclusion.